AfricanFootball reviews the week

AfricanFootball reviews the week
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Apr 21, 2017. 16:00

We look back at the major stories which have captured the imagination of football followers across the continent this past week.

The main news thrust this week has been focused on Africa’s biggest stars based in Europe. Yaya Toure, for example, has been tipped for a return to the Ivory Coast national team for next year’s World Cup by none other than his older brother Kolo.

Read: Yaya Toure should play in next year’s World Cup - Kolo Toure

Victor Moses has been one of Chelsea’s most consistent players this season, but he had a sub-par match in the Blues’ loss to Manchester United. It turns out the Super Eagles star suffered from an illness heading into the match.

Read: Moses one of three Chelsea players hit by virus before Man United loss

South Africa’s Absa Premiership continued with a trio of matches in midweek, the pick of which saw Mamelodi Sundowns defeat Tshwane derby rivals SuperSport United for the second time in six days to put themselves right back into the title race.

Read: SuperSport lose round two of Tshwane derby

The continuing search for South Africa’s new coach has seen Sundowns boss Pitso Mosimane back Stuart Baxter for the Bafana Bafana post, but talks between the Brit and the country’s FA appear to have stalled.

Read: Mosimane supports Baxter as Bafana Bafana coach

Read: Stuart Baxter is not in the loop with Bafana job

On the subject of national team coaches, Algeria’s new man in charge, Spaniard Lucas Alcaraz, has set out his plans to prepare the Fennec Foxes for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Read: Algeria to spy on opponents says new coach Lucas Alcaraz

There are some big stories floating around after last weekend’s CAF Confederation Cup, with the most shocking coming out of Tunisia, where CS Sfaxien boss Moncef Khemakhen has been banned after admitting to pinching a referee's buttocks.

Read: Sfaxien boss admits to pinching referee’s buttocks and is banned for life

We also saw a stunning victor for Swaziland side Mbabane Swallows over former Confed Cup champions AC Leopards, with Tony Tsabedze receiving praise for his performance against the Congo-Brazzaville side.

Read: De Jongh: Tsabedze made the difference for Mbabane Swallows

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